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Last-minute goal lifts Goffstown over Merrimack

MANCHESTER — Sophomore Mason Mable scored with 28.2 seconds remaining to lift Goffstown to a 2-1 win over Merrimack at JFK Coliseum Monday night.

The win improved the Grizzlies to 9-3-0 in Division II. Merrimack fell to 7-7-0.

“I thougth we played well. This is a rivalry for us and every time we play Merrimack something special happens,” said Goffstown head coach Paul Roy. “Today, we got the breaks and we ended up on top. We’re two evenly matched teams and we’ll probably see each other again (in the playoffs).”

Senior A.J. Potvin set up the game-winning goal, winning the race to a loose puck along the right boards and sliding the puck across to Mable wide-open in the slot.

Merrimack goalie Devin Gillis dove out try and poke-check the puck away, but Mable pulled the puck past him and then stuffed it inside the right post.

“The puck really wasn’t really settled down for him and (Gillis) just tried to stretch out and poke-check it and the kid just happened to get his stick behind the net and came out short-side,” Merrimack head coach Kurt Mithoefer said. “It’s a good play on our goalie’s part and I like to see an aggressive aspect to his game.”

Goffstown entered the third period trailing 1-0, but came out strong to open the final frame and scored a power-play goal 1:42 in to tie the game 1-1.

Mable got that goal as well, tipping the puck over Gillis’ shoulder on a point shot from captain Griffin Barbaro.

“It was kind of even for two periods and I thought we outplayed them in the third,” Roy said. “We got more shots on net and we keep stressing that. We took it to them a little bit. These games are always scary in the end.”

The Tomahawks took a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the second period. Sophomore Ryan Downie scored the goal during a power play, chipping a rebound shot off Goffstown goalie Ben Genest and in after Genest had made two point-blank saves.

Merrimack appeared to score a goal in the first minute of the second period, but the goal was waved off since the puck went in off a skate.

“We had our chances and we didn’t capitalize on them. We let them hang around and they’re a team that doesn’t quit,” Mithoefer said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort on (our players’) part. It was bounces and things we couldn’t control.”

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